Kaduna Commences Disbursement Of N1 bn MSME Funds

kaduna stateThe Kaduna State Government on Thursday commenced the disbursement of another N1 billion naira intervention fund to support operators of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the state.

The programme, which was executed in partnership with the Bank of Industry (BOI), was to support the accelerated development of the state through job creation, where the BOI and Kaduna state government contributed N500m each under a programme tagged ‘Graduate Support Grant’

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Nuhu Bajoga, who represented Governor Muhtar Yero, described the intervention as very critical and a major component for economic rejuvenation and prosperity of the state.

He further explained that the main aim of the programme is to empower the citizens, especially the graduates and also reduce the level of crime and poverty in the state.

Meanwhile, a mild drama ensued midway into the programme  when hundreds of graduate trainees under the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN)  stormed the venue with placards, demanding the State Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, to release the N1 billion Graduate Empowerment Loan promised to them over five months ago after their training.

Chanting anti-government songs, the aggrieved Youths blocked the Deputy Governor’s convoy as it made its way out of Hassan Katsina House, where the event was held.

They alleged that they were promised by the government to be empowered with money to set up their own businesses immediately after their training.

The Youths also alleged that they were asked to register with money for them to be entitled to benefit from the N1 billion loan.

However, in a swift reaction, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Shekarau Uchissa, denied the allegations saying the state government only went into capacity building where 1000 youths were trained in different skills, but were not promised any money.

Governor Yero Commissions Road and School Projects

Governor yeroThe Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, has commissioned several roads and schools projects completed by his administration in Igabi and Kaduna South Local Government Areas of the State.

The projects commissioned by the Governor include, Rigachikun Township roads in Igabi LGA, Barnawa Central roads and Makera-Yam Market- Afaka roads all in Kaduna South LGA.

Governor Yero also commissioned a newly constructed Science Laboratory at the Government Junior Secondary School Makera, Examination Hall at Government Secondary School Jaji in Igabi LGA, a Science Laboratory in Government Junior Secondary School, Makera and blocks of classrooms at the LEA Ali Makama Primary School, Barnawa in Kaduna South LGA

At the commissioning ceremony, the Governor said that a total of 27 roads out of the 76 road projects being executed by his administration had been completed, while others were at advance stages of completion.

He explained that the present administration inherited 57 road projects initiated by previous administrations, while 19 additional ones were awarded in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

The Governor assured the state residents that he would not dump any project, stressing that it is economically wise to complete ongoing projects rather than abandon them.

The people of Rigachikun community welcomed the governor in appreciation of the completed road projects in the area.

At the commissioning of the Rigachikun Township roads, the Governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to completing all ongoing road projects across the State.

Governor Yero also commissioned an Examination Hall at GSS Jaji, saying his administration has so far rehabilitated 187 schools across the State, employed 1,802 additional teachers and distributed free text books, science equipment and computers to public schools.

Governor Yero stated that the achievement had increased enrollment in public schools to 1,185,445 pupils and students at the basic and junior secondary education level in the State.

Some indigenes of the State applauded Governor Yero for the completion of the road projects and assured him of their unalloyed support in the forthcoming election.


Kaduna Governor, Yero Concludes Campaign Rally

yeroThe Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, concluded his state-wide campaign tour on Saturday with a grand rally held in Zaria, his home Local Government Area.

Addressing a crowd of PDP supporters and party leaders during the rally, Governor Yero said that his administration had completed several projects within two years in office and also gave an assurance that he would initiate new ones if re-elected for another four years.

He also promised to consolidate on the provision of security of lives and property of the citizens across the state, as well as better economic policies that would create more jobs and also enable government to execute critical projects.

The Governor, who addressed the people in Hausa language, said that the present administration had made progress in the completion of the Zaria Regional Water project which had reached 90% completion as well as completed several roads, hospitals and schools across the 23 Local Government Areas of the State.

Thousands of supporters had lined the streets to welcome Yero and his entourage to the ancient city of Zaria.

The famous traditional horse riding was also part of the colourful reception accorded to the PDP candidate by the people of Zaria during the campaign tour.

Governor Yero was overwhelmed by the large turnout of supporters, who blocked all the major roads leading to the campaign ground.

From Zaria, the Governor’s campaign train moved to Sabon Gari where he made similar promises of better days ahead for the electorate.

In both Local Governments, the Governor held meetings with stakeholders including traditional leaders, religious leaders, women and youths, as part of his campaign for peaceful elections.

He also urged politicians to eschew desperation in the quest for power.

With the campaign rallies in Zaria and Sabon Gari Local Governments, Governor Yero has toured the entire 23 Local Government Areas of the state in his bid to win the April 11 governorship election in the state.

Kaduna Twin Explosion: Yero Imposes 24 Hour Curfew

Suicide-car-bomberKaduna state Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, has declared a 24 hour curfew on Kaduna metropolis following the twin bomb explosion that left over 72 people dead in Kaduna Metropolis on Wednesday, July 23.

Yero, who pronounced the curfew with immediate effect, said it was to enable security agencies restore normalcy in the state.

In a Statement signed by his Director General, Media and Publicity, Malam Ahmed Maiyaki, the Governor said the blasts were clear manifestation of the resolve by ‘agents of darkness’ to soak the land with blood of innocent people for no just cause.

He said the blast coming in the Holy Month of Ramadan, is a clear indication that those behind the act have no iota of fear of God as they have none for the sanctity of human life.

The Governor then urged the entire people in the State to be more vigilant with happenings around them and to also avoid unnecessary crowded areas.

The two bomb blasts were reportedly targeted at a former head of state, General Muhammdu Buhari and a prominent Islamic preacher, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi as they exploded about just one hour minutes apart.

Channels Television’s Chimezie Enyiocha reports that the first explosion occurred at Alkali road, near Kaduna State House of Assembly at about 12:30 in the afternoon, when a young boy primed with explosives round his body attempted to ram into the convoy of the Islamic preacher who was returning from where he delivered a Ramadan lecturer at Murtala Square.

25 people were killed and 14 others injured in the first explosion.

An hour later, another one went off at Kawo area, near the 1division Headquarters of Nigerian Army when a Sienna car attempted to ram into the convoy of General Buhari.

She also reports that although the former head of state escaped death,  his bullet proof SUV was badly damaged.

She further however noted that, his security aides who were in the two other Jeeps were all feared dead.

Over 50 People were feared killed in the second blast while scores were seriously injured. Many vehicles and nearby buildings were also affected.

Governor Yero Mourns Late Rilwanu Lukman

kaduna 1The Governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, has expressed grief over the death of former Petroleum Minister and one time Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Dr. Rilwanu Lukman. 

The late Lukman, an engineer, served at various times, as a Special Adviser on Petroleum and Energy Matters to the President, Minister of Mines, Power and Steel, and also as Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) from January 1 1995 to December 31 2000.

In a statement issued by his Director-General, Media and Publicity, Ahmed Maiyaki, Governor Yero described the passing of Lukman as a great loss not only to Kaduna State and Nigeria but to the entire world, who would miss his wealth of experience in the energy sector.

According to the Governor, the passing of Dr. Lukman at this critical point of nation’s history would create a huge vacuum difficult to fill, adding that his death came at a time the country needed his wealth of experience in its quest to modernise the petroleum sector towards attracting more foreign direct investments.

Governor Yero recalled the persistent effort by Dr. Lukman  at reforming the petroleum sector especially during his second stint as Petroleum Minister during the administration of the late President Umaru Yar’adua.

He described Lukman as a nationalist who dedicated most part of his lifetime working for the advancement and economic development of Nigeria.

While condoling with the immediate family of the deceased, Governor Yero urged them to take solace in the fact that the late Lukman has left enduring legacies as an excellent technocrat, administrator per excellence and an elder statesman.

Kaduna To Empower Over 7,000 Persons Under Sure-P

A total of 7,600 women and youths in Kaduna State are to benefit from trainings in agriculture and various skills under the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (Sure-P).

Addressing the beneficiaries during the launch of the skills acquisition program, the state governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, highlighted that the trainings would equip the citizenry with employable skills that would help reduce poverty and unemployment in the state.

Women, youth and government officials drawn from the 21 local councils in the state gathered at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua hall, venue of the event.

Not less than 1,500 participants are to benefit from Women Empowerment Program, 2,300 under youth empowerment, 2,300 under Agriculture enterprises and 1,500 under Irrigation farming.

Another 2,300 beneficiaries would be trained in Aluminium works, block making, bricklaying, fish processing, GSM repairs, honey processing, Animal husbandry, leather works, photography, plumbing works, and printing.

The state’s Sure- P committee chairman and deputy governor, Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga, urged the beneficiaries to make proper use of the training to attain different levels of self-reliance.

The consultant to the Sure-P committee and Director General Kaduna Business School, Dr Dahiru Sani, said that the programme was aimed at entrenching an entrepreneurial culture among the youth and women in the state.

Some of the beneficiaries laud the initiative, that will enable them restore their human dignity and contribute to building the society.

At the end of their training, each beneficiary will start a business with the expectation that the skills and knowledge acquired would improve their quality of lives and reduce poverty.

Yero Sworn In As Kaduna State Governor, Pledges Continuity

Former deputy Governor of Kaduna state, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has been sworn in as the governor of Kaduna state following the death of the state governor, Mr. Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa in a helicopter crash in Bayelsa state on Saturday.

The oath of office was administered on Yero by the Kaduna state Chief Judge, Justice Rahila H. Cudjoe at the state’s Government House .

Speaking shortly after he was sworn-in, Yero pledged to build on the good foundation laid by late Yakowa. He said the vision of late Yakowa was to secure, unite and develop Kaduna state.

“Sir Yakowa invested so much on this and started reaping the fruits of his labour. He wished to consolidate and advance on the achievement so far made and hence tagged the 2013 budget of the state ‘ Budget of consolidation and advancement’ I sincerely desire to build on the good foundation that my boss has laid. I therefore covet your prayers for God’s wisdom, guidance and direction,” he prayed.

He added that: “We are living testimonies to the fact that our amiable Governor, Sir Yakowa who came, did serve humanity in various and diverse capacities well and has suddenly without notice returned to our creator. His humility, dedication to duty, fairness to all and his high sense of humour endeared him to many irrespective of religion, tribal or sectional differences,” he said.

Yero was commissioner of Finance in Kaduna state before the death of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

He was elevated to the position of Deputy Governor to the late governor after then governor Namadi Sambo was picked by Goodluck Jonathan to serve as Vice President.